Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

(Forest Pansy Redbud)

By March 20, 2020
Forest Pansy Redbud - Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

About Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ (Forest Pansy Redbud)

This popular tree is called Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ or, Forest Pansy Redbud. Its popularity is in part due to its interesting spade shaped foliage that mature throughout the year from scarlet-purple to a deep maroon color. In early spring clusters of rosy pink flowers emerge lasting for several weeks before welcoming its foliage. This deciduous tree is grown in both multi and standard trunk forms that can reach an average landscape size of 20′ tall x 25′ wide.

Planting and care instructions

Use well-draining soil when planting Forest Pansy Redbud and dig a hole twice the size of the root ball when planting to allow for root growth.  Make sure it is planted in an area that receives full sun and water regularly to establish a healthy root system and especially during periods of extreme heat. After the leaves have fallen you can prune for desired shape or size and general fertilizer can be used before blooms arrive in early spring.

Design Ideas

Forest Pansy Redbud is a great option for those planting for fire-wise/firescaping landscapes. It also looks great as a focal point to any landscape design planted on its own or surrounded by an evergreen shrub such as Abelia x grandiflora ‘Radiance’ or Buxus microphylla japonica ‘Green Beauty’.

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Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

Common Name: Forest Pansy Redbud

Average Landscape Size: 20' x 25'

Plant Type: Deciduous

Bloom Color: Light Pink

Foliage Color: Summer- Scarlet/Purple, Fall- Maroon

Forms: Tree - Multi Trunk or Standard Trunk

Sizes: 15 Gallon, 24" Box

Special Features: Dramatic Color, Showy Spring Flowers, Seasonal Color Change to Foliage, Ornamental Plant,